Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Justice Sears announces post-Court plans

Posted By on Wed, May 13, 2009 at 9:55 PM

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The Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court unveiled her post-retirement plans in an afternoon press release and, surprise!, they don't include a mention of serving on the nation's highest court.

Whether Leah Ward Sears has reason to believe she's not on Pres. Obama's SCOTUS shortlist (and, in all likelihood, she's probably not) or she's simply impatient to start her next career, she's apparently decided to move on. Here's what she's planning to do:

Today she announced she will join the law firm of Schiff Hardin, a nationally-renowned firm based in Chicago. The law firm has nearly 400 lawyers and offices in seven major American cities, including Atlanta, where Chief Justice Sears’ practice will be based. She will begin working there Oct. 15 of this year.

The firm, founded in 1864, has a general practice legal program with a particular concentration in high-profile public corruption and white collar crime.

But wait, that's not all:

Starting Aug. 15, she has accepted an offer from the Institute for American Values to serve for one year as … Distinguished Fellow in Family Law. The Institute is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution based in New York City. Its goals are to produce cutting-edge scholarship in the area of marriage and family, influence how Americans think about financial thrift and generosity, and increase Americans’ engagement in Islam-West relations.

And in her spare time, Sears will:

…teach a seminar on “Contemporary Issues in Family Law” at the University of Georgia Law School. The seminar will explore today’s definition of “family” and the dramatic changes in marriage and divorce, as well as focus on controversial family issues facing the legal system.

There's no word on whether Sears has any plans to sleep.

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